Title: Snowed Over
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Vanguard Management, Inc.
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To college student, Katie Brandt, ‘Home for the Holidays’ sounds like hell. When her parents separated, their holiday traditions shattered like a dropped ornament. What could be worse than celebrating Christmas with her suddenly single mom and mom’s new boyfriend?
Alex Walker, an engaged 20-year-old, dreads going home for his own reasons. He has a daunting task ahead of him and wishes he could skip the holidays altogether. So when a friend of a friend needs a ride north, Alex finds that having beautiful Katie seated by his side proves to be just the distraction he needs.
A simple ride home for Christmas turns into a nightmare when light snow rages into a full-scale blizzard. Katie and Alex find themselves stranded, and a vacant cabin becomes a haven from the storm.
Under different circumstances, time alone with Alex would be the ultimate Christmas gift, but Katie knows Alex is engaged and she must hide her growing attraction.
However, Alex harbors a secret that just might change this holiday from the worst Christmas ever, to the best. (Source: Goodreads)
Katie needs a ride home to what will be “the worst Christmas ever”, and Alex is willing the give her a ride. Unfortunately, a blizzard strikes and leaves the pair stranded only 15 miles from home. They take refuge in an abandoned cabin for a few days, finding comfort in conversation together as they brace themselves for what awaits them when they’re finally found.
This story is cute, short and sweet as its advertised to be. I liked it, but there were honestly quite a few problems with it. The story is sweet, if a little farfetched. There are some problems with characterization and character development. The relationship building was kind of weak as well. However, I think this is a cute holiday story that definitely put me in the holiday spirit.
The story is cute. I like the idea of a couple cozying up in a cabin for the holidays. It’s pretty much exactly what Cold Feet At Christmas should have been like. The whole premise of this novella was adorable. A little far fetched, yes, but still adorable. I also liked the background plots, about Katie’s parents’ divorce, and Alex’s bad relationship. I think these were definitely the strongest points of writing, especially because Katie’s storyline didn’t have a clean wrap up, her family problems weren’t solved, and they definitely couldn’t have been for this novella to seem even remotely reasonable.
As I mentioned the character and relationship development were pretty weak. Both Katie and Alex are weak characters without any distinctive qualities, and while the novella alternates between them, there isn’t much of a difference in writing or tone that separates them. The relationship was also weak, there were moments between them that were cute but it lacked a lot of the spark you need for a short story to be effective (some of the stuff in My True Love Gave to Me does this amazingly well). I think it was cute, though a little disappointing.
One of the more annoying things about this book, and character development, was its reliance on those old girl/boy stereotypes. She does this because she’s a girl, he does that because he’s a boy. It was just irritating and eye-roll inducing.
I think overall, the writing was kind of weak, but the plot was cute and sweet. It’s definitely worth a read in preparation for the holidays because it sets a sweet tone for the holidays. Definitely not my favourite though.